UTRGV School of Medicine receives $1M grant for high-risk children and youth

By: Danya Perez- Hernandez 

EDINBURG, Texas — The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is celebrating a $1 million contribution to the first clinic opened by the School of Medicine in the region.

The Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas made their second contribution to the university's Integrated Care Collaborative Unit at the John Austin Peña Memorial Center in Edinburg.

After an initial $500,000 grant to establish the clinic in January 2015, which aims to provide mental and rehabilitation services for high-risk youth, the new $1,065,510 grant will be used to fully kick off the services in 2016.

"Our mission is to improve the health of those least-served in mind body and spirit," said Anne Connor, director of community grants for Methodist Healthcare Ministries. "When we saw this project, which is about integrated care — integrating mental health and primary care — we thought it was a perfect fit for us."

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